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MOTN: Wedding Reception

I love weddings. And receptions. Like, srsly love them. And military weddings/receptions are the most fun of all.  Last Saturday my husband and I attended the reception of one of his colleagues from his old aviation unit. This pilot and his bride were married in May on a gorgeous beach in Bora Bora. Just the two of them, totally intimate. They opted to have a reception back home for all of their family and friends, and it was a lavish affair. The room was decorated in white and silver, with beautiful centerpieces, lots of candles, and a backdrop behind the head table made of handmade organza flowers. I would have gotten a picture, but I completely forgot about that as I had the chance to catch up with wives of the pilots from our old unit. We've moved several units since then, but aviation will always be home to me! 

Fortunately, I did remember to take a quick picture of my makeup in the car so I could blog the details later.

  Since it was an evening reception, I wanted to do a smokey eye. I used my Urban Decay Naked 2 palette to create the eye look, primarily using the shades Blackout, a deep, matte black shadow, and Half-Baked, a shimmery gold shadow. 

     Blending is the key to a great smokey eye, so I recommend blending after each step in the shadow application process. Also, black eyeshadow can be sort of intimidating. So be sure to use tiny amounts; you can always build it up, but trying to get rid of it when you've used to much is nearly impossible without completely starting over. And ain't nobody got time for that! I used Buck, a neutral medium brown, in the crease from Naked 1 to lay down a nice transition shade before the dark shadow. 

   Then I blended Blackout into the inner and outer corners of my eyes and then packed Half-Baked right into the center of the lid. I applied winged liner using my Maybelline gel liner (seriously the best and sooooo affordable). 

   I applied a couple coats of mascara and a set of half-lashes by Sephora to the outer portion of each eye to create a fluttery, lifted effect at the corners.

   For the face, I busted out my current favorite foundation: Make Up Forever HD.  I had a fresh tan for the reception, so I used the shade 155. I've learned through using this several times that I need a pore-filling primer like POREfessional by Benefit, otherwise this foundation will just sink right into and enhance my pores. If I make sure to use the right primer, the finish is beautiful.

   I set the foundation with just a little BH Cosmetics Pro Powder in the T-zone. This powder is easily a dupe for MAC Studio Fix Pressed Powder and it costs $6. I used my NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard and my MAC Prep and Prime in Lightboost to highlight beneath my eyes, my forehead, chin, and down the bridge of my nose. 

   I set my under eye area with the yellow powder from my Kat Von D Shade & Light palette, and contoured my cheeks and temples with it as well. I know I say this every time I mention this palette but if you don't have it, you need it. I will say that I'm disappointed that there don't seem to be appropriate shades for really deep skin tones. If she'll let me, I'm going to test it out on my best friend who has a deep skin tone and see if it works. Currently, fair to medium-deep skin tones seem to have the best luck with this.


For blush, I used my favorite - MakeUp Geek blush in Romance. It's just beautiful, a coral-pink shade with a golden sheen. If you don't have it, you need it! 

       To finish off my face, I went with an oldie-but-goodie for highlight - MAC MSF in Soft and Gentle. It's got a buttery formula and it really gives a beautiful, soft highlight. I applied it to my cheekbones, Cupid's Bow and the tip of my nose.

         To complete the look, I lined my lips with Milani lip liner in Nude and topped it off with Butter Cream lip gloss by Gerard Cosmetics.

                I DID forget to set my face with a setting spray. I don't wear makeup on a daily basis so I always forget this step! I paid for it at the reception; it got extremely humid and I definitely sweated up a storm. I did lose a bit of the foundation around my forehead. I normally use the original Model in a Bottle; what are your favorite setting sprays? 

   I'm tempted to try one of the Urban Decay sprays because I hear tons of great things about them. Leave a comment below and let me know!